• Short Summary

    Prime Minister Harold Wilson spoke to a reporters on Monday (May 18) about his decision to hold a General Election on June 18th -- exactly one month from now.

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    Prime Minister Harold Wilson spoke to a reporters on Monday (May 18) about his decision to hold a General Election on June 18th -- exactly one month from now.

    The Prime Minister said that among the factors which had helped him decided on an early election was the mounting public interest, creating an "electioneering atmosphere". He added that certain international negotiations -- such as those regarding Britain's entry into the Common Market -- will be taking place at the end of June. Any decisions that must be made then, he said, can be taken better with the election out of the way.

    Before making his announcement, the Prime Minister called on Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace to ask for royal consent to dissolve Parliament.

    Calling for the election to be held on June 18, Prime Minister Wilson ended a week of suspense. Political observers had expected him to announce this date.

    Conservative leader Edward Heath welcomed the prospect of an early election, saying that it was just what his party had been "hoping and planning for".

    Under the timetable announced from 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister's official residence, Parliament will be dissolved on May 29, When the election campaign will begin.

    The Commons will be recalled on May 26 for a few days to clean up unfinished legislation, including budgetary provisions and bills to provide money for government departments. The new Parliament will be opened on July 2.

    A reporter questioned the Prime Minister on his choice of June 18th as the election date:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6N87P0A8L5AAI0CZSXK89SZJ9
    Media URN:
    VLVA6N87P0A8L5AAI0CZSXK89SZJ9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/05/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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